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PSY     402/502           Cr. 3

Personality Theories, Models and Measures

Theories of personality and their utility in explaining or predicting behavior and cognition, general models of personality and personality measures. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including PSY 231 and 232 and MTH 205.


PSY     403/503           Cr. 3

Advanced Psychopathology

This course focuses on selected topics in the area of clinical and abnormal psychology and is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of advanced current issues in the field. It helps prepare undergraduate or graduate students for the field of human services by offering additional information beyond that conveyed in the abnormal psychology course on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychological disorders.  Prerequisite: PSY 304. Offered occasionally.


PSY     410/510           Cr. 3

Advanced Developmental Psychology

An in-depth study of important topics in developmental psychology. Relevant theories and recent research in social development, cognitive development, moral development, language development, and emotional development will be evaluated. Prerequisites: PSY 210, 231, 232, and MTH 205; or consent of instructor. Offered



PSY     420/520           Cr. 3

Advanced Research Methods

An advanced course in the quantitative and logical aspects of statistical analysis, interpretation and design of behavioral science research and experimentation. Major emphasis is on the conceptual rather than the computational aspects of quantitative methods. Recommended for those planning graduate work in psychology or related fields. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, six additional credits in psychology; MTH 205.


PSY     426/526           Cr. 3

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Study of the personality characteristics of indi-viduals experiencing substance abuse, dependency, and compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. The focus will be on abuse as a maladaptive response to the demands of life. Special topics will include consumptive patterns, level of dependence, neurological status, assessment, and contemporary treatment techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 304.


PSY     435/535           Cr. 3

Cognitive Processes

A course examining contemporary theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes. Topics include acquisition of information, memory, thinking, decision-making and language. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232; MTH 205.


PSY     436/536           Cr. 3

Psychology of Language

An introductory course in psycholinguistics concerned with the comprehension, production and acquisition of language. Other topics include: language and thought, reading, writing, bilingualism, figurative language, metalinguistic skills,and the neuro-psychology of language. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.


PSY     441/541           Cr. 3

Advanced Social Psychology

The course will provide coverage of methodology and statistics most frequently encountered in social psychology and cover topics both of classic and current interest such as stereotypes and prejudice, medical social psychology, environmental psychology, social interdependence, leadership, and power. Prerequisites: grade of “B” or better in PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 231, 232; MTH 205. Offered occasionally.


PSY     451/551           Cr. 3

Psychological Measurement

Principles and procedures for the psychological measurement of human differences. This course examines the development, quantitative interpretation, uses, distinctive and desired characteristics of tests of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, occupational interests and personality. Prerequisites: PSY 100, MTH 205 and six additional credits in psychology. PSY 231 and 232 are recommended.


PSY     710      Cr. 2-3

Educational Psychology:Human Development

This course explores human development with an emphasis on issues which are relevant to establishing effective conditions for successful learning in school contexts. Topics include: developmental theories, individual differences, multiple influences on developmental processes, multicultural and gender issues, and early experiences. Prerequisite: admission to a program leading to certification in a school related profession.


PSY/EFN        711      Cr. 3

Psychology of Human Exceptionalities

Nature and needs of exceptional persons: intellectual deviations, learning disabilities, emotional and social deviations, sensory impairments, speech and language disorders and physical and health impairments. (Cross-listed with EFN; may only earn credit in PSY or EFN.) Offered occasionally.


PSY     712      Cr. 3

Development of the Young Child

An in-depth study of important theories, research, and issues related to development during the first six years of life. Implications of theories and research are examined with respect to facilitating development of both normal and handicapped children. Prerequisites: PSY 310 and 710. Offered occasionally.


PSY     713      Cr. 3

Cognitive Development

An examination of the development of cognition from infancy through adolescence. Theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and educational implications, related to the development of knowing, will be surveyed. Prerequisites: graduate standing and PSY 310 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.


PSY     714      Cr. 3

The Hurried Child

Many children and adolescents are being forced to take on the physical, psychological, and social behavior of adulthood before they are prepared to do so. Attention is given to parental influences, school, and the media and pressures for academic, interpersonal, and extracurricular achievement. Methods for handling these pressures and stresses are discussed. Offered occasionally.


PSY     717      Cr. 3

Behavior Disorders in Children

Psychological aspects of behavioral disorders in children. Includes the study of etiology, symptoms and treatment of behavior disorders in children.


PSY     720      Cr. 2

Adolescent Issues

An in-depth exploration of critical issues which surface during adolescence. Topics include psychological correlates of puberty, changes in cognition, adolescent sexuality, identity formation, diversity among adolescents, and problems experienced by young people. Emphasis is placed on relating these issues to professional contexts, expecially schools. Offered occasionally.


PSY     752      Cr. 3

Assessment and Remediation:Learning and Behavior Problems I

This course is designed to teach the student how to engage in assessment activities that will result in effective planning of educational interventions for students who have difficulty with school learning. Students completing the course should be prepared to engage in appropriate assessment procedures to provide the necessary information for both educational placement and instructional programming decisions. Assessment methods studied in this course are particularly applicable for students classified as mildly handicapped and often labeled as learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, or educable mentally retarded. Prerequisite: PSY 451/ 551.


PSY     753      Cr. 3

Assessment and Remediation:Learning and Behavior Problems II

Prescriptive teaching and individualization of instruction in reading, arithmetic, and other subject areas. Observation and participation in a practicum experience with children. Prerequisite: PSY 752.


PSY     754      Cr. 2

Concepts and Applications of Pupil Services

Study of pupil services as an integrative conceptual model guiding the application of a variety of services for pupils in schools. Prerequisites: nine graduate credits and consent of instructor.


PSY     756      Cr. 3

Early Childhood Assessment

This course will provide an in-depth review of best practices of formal and informal assessment techniques in early childhood. Such techniques will be discussed in context to the four major functions of assessment: screening, diagnosis/eligibility, program planning, and program evaluation. The course will focus on procedural considerations in assessing cognition, motor skills, communication, play, socialization, behavior, and adaptive skills in early childhood. Issues of test development, standardization, reliability, validity, and report writing will also be explored. The challenges of assessing young children and meeting the ongoing needs of the child and family will be addressed. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered summer session.


PSY     757      Cr. 2

Intellectual Assessment:Theory and Applications

History, theory, test standardization, research and applications of current major individual intelligence measures.

Prerequisite: PSY 451/551.


PSY     759      Cr. 3

Personality Assessment

Models of personality assessment. Reliability, validity and applications of personality, cognitive and behavioral measures. Planning, collecting and integrating data. Outlining and writing reports. Emphasis on assessing behavioral and emotional problems in children and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 402/502, 752, 775, and

SPY 758.


PSY/EFN        770      Cr. 2-3

Educational Psychology:Learning and Instruction

Consideration of psychological principles, concepts, processes, and interpretations of human learning and related empirical evidence. Emphasis is given to those most relevant to establishing effective conditions for instruction and learning in schools. Prerequisite: admission to a program leading to certification in a school related occupation. (Cross-listed with EFN; may only earn credit in PSY or EFN.)


PSY     771      Cr. 1

Effective Interviewing

Study and practice of the concepts and skills involved in the interview process.


PSY     772      Cr. 3

Counseling and Therapy Methods

Focus on an integrative framework for major theoretical views and methods for use in counseling and therapy. Includes lab and field supervised experiences in individual and group therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 402/502.


PSY     775      Cr. 2

Cognitive–Behavioral Intervention

Research, theory and applications of cognitive–behavioral interventions. Includes direct service to clients and consulting services to help teachers, parents and others develop and implement cognitive–behavioral programs for those under their care. Prerequisite: PSY 335

or 770.


PSY     776      Cr. 2-3

Psychological Consultation in the Schools

Theory and research in psychological consultation, particularly in educational institutions. Includes interpersonal processes, consultation styles and types of services for children, teachers and systems. Methods of consulting with teachers, parents and administrators.


PSY     780      Cr. 1-3

Seminar in Psychology

Reading and discussion of selected topics, current trends, and issues in professional psychology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 9.


PSY     795      Cr. 1-3

Directed Study in Psychology

Directed readings or presentation of psycho-logical material not available in formal departmental courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.

Psychology — School Psychology (SPY)


SPY     700      Cr. 1-2

School Psychology: Role and Function

The professional function of school psychologists. This course covers the roles of school psychologists; the history of school psychology; legal and ethical issues; issues related to diversity; current issues and research in the field.


SPY     758      Cr. 3

Individual Intellectual Assessment: Laboratory

Development of skills in the administration and interpretation of current major individual intelligence measures such as the Wechsler Scales, using a competency based model. The course stresses initial development of assessment, feedback, and basic report writing skills. In addition to class meetings, students must test during the school day. Prerequisites: PSY 451/551 and concurrent enrollment in PSY 757.


SPY     761      Cr. 2

Research and Seminar in School Psychology

Consideration of current research and problems in school psychology. The student must complete an acceptable seminar paper and make an oral presentation of the topic to the faculty.


SPY     762      Cr. 3

Supervised Practicum I in School Psychology

Supervised practice in the application of

psycho-educational skills in a school setting. Prerequisites: SPY 758 and acceptance into the school psychology program.


SPY     763      Cr. 3

Supervised Practicum II in School Psychology

Supervised practice in the application of psycho-educational skills in a school setting. Advanced field work in assessment, intervention, consultation and pupil services.

Prerequisite: SPY 762.


SPY     764      Cr. 3

Supervised Practicum III in School Psychology

Supervised experience in a school, clinic or agency involving the role and function of a school psychologist. Prerequisite: SPY 763.


SPY     792      Cr. 2-4

Advanced Graduate Research

An individual research project which is supervised by a member of the psychology department. A written paper will be presented to the faculty and will be of a quality for publication and/or a professional presentation. Prerequisites: master’s degree and PSY 520. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.


SPY     795      Cr. 1-2

Directed Studies

Directed readings or presentation of material not available in formal departmental courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.


SPY     796      Cr. 1-3

Professional Topics and Practices in School Psychology

Contemporary topics emphasizing current research, developments and issues in school

psychology. Prerequisite: SPY 700. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


SPY     797      Cr. 3

Internship in School Psychology

An intense and diverse professional experience in school psychology for a minimum of 600 hours for 3 credits under the supervision of an experienced school psychologist and a university supervisor and within training guidelines defined by the training program. Activities include assessment, interventions, consulting, pupil services, proper administrative procedures and applied projects. Prerequisites: certification as a Provisional School Psychologist and completion of contractual arrangements with the program coordinator. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6


SPY     801      Cr. 3

Specialist Thesis

Completion of an independent research project and thesis under the direction of three graduate faculty members. Approved topics must be in an area related to School Psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 420/520 and SPY 795. Requires instructor’s consent. Instructor’s consent contingent on the written approval of three graduate faculty to serve as committee members.

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